• Movie Filter - The Pelican Brief - Date: 11/1/2003
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    General Themes and Other Content:
    Intense Action/Adventure,
    Non-Graphic Injury/Wound,
    Murder Topic
  • Starring
    Julia Roberts
    Denzel Washington
    Sam Shepard
    John Heard
    Tony Goldwyn
    James Sikking
    William Atherton
    Robert Culp
    Stanley Tucci
    Hume Cronyn

  • The Pelican Brief

    Two Supreme Court Judges have been murdered and the feds have yet to name a suspect. A young law student, Darby Shaw, (Julia Roberts) is having an affair with her professor who once worked with one of the judges and thinks she might be onto who would have wanted them dead. She writes what is known as “The Pelican Brief” and her theory makes it all the way to the White House, striking a chord with the Administration. Once her theory gets out, her only ally is Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) an ambitious news reporter willing to use his resources to get to the bottom of the story.

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    Assassins and murder are the name of the game in this one. I had my filters set to medium but I would choose most filtering to avoid a couple of intense kissing scenes with one showing a man putting his hand under a woman’s shirt; murders by explosion, strangling and gunfire with blood splatter are seen. The language is cleaned up nicely and only mild drinking is shown.

    Will you get pulled into this Conspiracy theory?...

    When I first put the movie in I thought ‘how old is this?’ It looked dated for sure. In 20 years they sure have come far in special effects and picture quality. With that aside it is a complex thriller that you must pay attention to if you want to follow the story. The start was a bit slow but the action heats up when the chase begins about half way through. The acting was fine but the story had ups and downs just like my interest level. Decent movie but if you are in the mood for John Grisham I prefer The Client or A Time to Kill. With filters set to most filtering 16 and up should be fine to watch since anyone younger would easily lose interest anyways.

    Hannah – ClearPlay Reporter

    Rated PG-13 for momentary language and some violence; 141 min; Directed by Alan J. Pakula
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The Pelican Brief

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